Video visitation with inmates a possibility

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Keeping prisoners in cell reduces possible problems

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner informed LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Sept. 28 that the video technology installed at the county jail might allow video visitation with the inmate remaining in his cell in the near future.

Turner, noting that the more a prisoner is let out of his cell, the more opportunities for problems to arise, said, “With this system that is considered one of the most advanced in the state, we can have families and friends of an inmate schedule a visitation and then actually do it through video with the possibility of even having visitation over the Internet.”

In other agenda items, the court concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval of rezoning four acres on Stiles Ford Road belonging to Amanda Bingham from A-1 to R1-A, and 6.937 acres on Mt. Sherman Ward Road owned by Jesse Fields from A-1 to R1-A.

The magistrates approved a resolution that allows for replacement, with funding already approved by the state, of a bridge on Goodin Williams Road and a culvert on Veirs Road.

Clyde Veirs, assistant county road supervisor, reported crews have installed a driveway tile paid for by the owner on Rust Road and have extended a concrete tile on Childress Loop; chip sealed Peak, Cannon, Scott, and North Otter roads; double-sealed Hanson Road; and repaired a pothole on Maxine Road.

Scotty Lee, second district magistrate, informed Veirs of oil bleeding through the stone chips on some roads in his district. Veirs said the hot weather had a lot to do with the bleeding and that the cooler weather should stop it.

Bryan Durham, third district magistrate, reported a road sign missing on Plouvier Road and a low shoulder on Country Lane.  Fourth district magistrate W.L. Miller requested ditch work and cracked pavement repair on Mill Road.

The court declared as surplus equipment a 1978 Dodge Pickup, 1985 GMC road tractor and 1991 Dodge van.